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                                 Kanishka Biswas
                                 Postdoctoral Research Scholar
                               Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis Group
                        Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University,
                         2145 N Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208
                             Born in Kolkata on the 25th October, 1982
                 E-mail: biswas.kanishka@gmail.com , k-biswas@northwestern.edu
                  Cell Ph: 001-847-644-8225; Office Ph: 001-847-644-6135/6125


ACADEMIC PROFILE
Postdoctoral Research (Supervisor Prof. Mercouri G. Kanatzidis) June, 2009-current
Place of research: Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, US
Area of research: 1] Thermoelectric materials based on PbTe for energy generation. 2] Synthe-
sis of new chalcogenides frame work in ionic liquid media.

Ph. D (Chemistry, Supervisor Prof. C. N. R. Rao)                                 2006- 2009
Ph. D. Thesis Title: Synthesis, Characterization, Properties and Growth of Inorganic Nanoma-
terials.
Place of research: Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Banga-
lore, India
Area of research: 1] Soft chemical synthesis and characterization (structural, thermal, optical
and magnetic) of nanostructures (nanocrystals, nanorods, thin films) of various oxide (ReO3,
RuO2, IrO2 and ZnO); chalcogenides (CdS, CdSe, ZnS, ZnSe, PbS and PbSe) and nitride (GaN
and InN). 2] Growth kinetics study of various nanostructures by the use of small-angle X-ray
scattering (SAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible/ photoluminescence
spectroscopy and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). 3] Surface-enhanced Raman spectros-
copy (SERS) studies based on ReO3 and other metallic nanostructure. 4] Use of organic-
aqueous interface to synthesize various inorganic nanostructures.

M. S. (Chemistry)                                                                2003-2006
M. S. Project Report Title (Supervisor Prof. C. N. R. Rao) Investigation of nanocrtystals of
MnO, ReO3, RuO2, IrO2 and Mn-doped GaN.
Place of research: Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Banga-
lore, India

Summer Research Project (Under guidance of Prof. S. B. Krupanidhi)             May, 2004
Place of research: Materials Research Center, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Project: Preparation Mn-doped ZnO thin films by RF magnetron sputtering and pulsed laser
deposition and their various electrical characterizations at the Material Research Centre has
been carried out.

B. Sc (Honors in Chemistry)                                                      2000-2003
Place of study: Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India




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RESEARCH INTERESTS
    • Thermoelectric materials for energy generation
    • Solid state chemistry based on inorganic materials
    • Synthesis, growth and characterization of inorganic nanomaterials
    • Use of Organic-aqueous interface to synthesize various nanomaterials
    • SAXS and other X-ray related techniques based on nanomaterials
    • Solubilization and functionalization of nanomaterials
    • Inorganic chemistry of metal chalcogenides in ionic liquid media.
    • Chemistry related to carbon nanotubes and graphene

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES
Synthesis
    • Expertise in sealed tube high temperature furnace reaction.
    • Expertise in Solvothermal/hydrothermal reaction.
    • Expertise in the area of organic- aqueous interface to synthesize various inorganic nano-
      crystalline thin films.
    • Expertise in synthesis of inert material in glove box.
   • Experienced in solid state synthesis by programmable furnase, use of schlenk line and va-
     cuum sealing line, liquid ammonia reaction, arc-melting and induction furnace reaction.
Characterizations
   • Routine characterizations by powder X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, PL mea-
     surement, IR, SEM, TEM, TGA, DTA, Isothermal titration calorimetry and other means.
   • Expertise in SAXS to study the in-situ growth of nanostructures.
    • Experienced in the area of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and other Ra-
      man spectroscopy measurements.
    • Experienced in electrical characterization (resistivity and thermopower) by ULVAC-
      RIKO-ZEM3 and in thermal conductivity measurements by flash diffusivity method in a
      NETZSCH LFA 457 MicroFlash instrument.
    • Experienced in the use different synchrotron X-ray measurements (Reflectivity and Graz-
      ing angle diffraction).


AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
    • Postdoctoral fellowship, Northwestern University (2009).
    • Best talk award, Unit day of Solid State Structural Chemitry Unit, IISc, Bangalore
      (2008)
    • Excellent grade [S, 8 out of 8 TGPA (term grade point average)], MS project (2006).
    • 1 position in four semesters (7.3 out of 8 CGPA, cumulative grade point average),
        st

      MS from IISc (2006).
    • Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR)-University Grant Commission (UGC)
      National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and eligibility for
      lectureship (June, 2005).
    • Selected for Integrated Ph. D Program in Chemistry, IISc (2003).


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    • Selected for M. Sc. Program in Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
      (IITK) and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) (2003).
    • 3 position with first class (76 % marks); B. Sc degree from Jadavpur University, Kolka-
        rd

      ta (2003).


LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Research paper
   1. “Small-angle X-ray scattering study of the aggregation of gold nanoparticle duringfor-
       mation at the toluene-water interface.” M. K. Bera, M. K. Sanyal, L. Yang, Kanishka
       Biswas, A. Gibaud and C. N. R. Rao, Phys. Rev. B (accepted).
   2. “Viscoelastic Properties of Nanocrystalline Films of Semiconducting Chalcogenides at
       Liquid/Liquid Interface.” Rema Krishnaswamy, K. P. Kalyanikutty, Kanishka Biswas,
       A. K. Sood and C. N. R. Rao, Langmuir 2009, 25, 10954.
   3. “Surface-enhanced Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed on nanocrystalline Au and
       Ag films formed at the organic-aqueous interface.” Barun Das, Urmimala Maitra, Ka-
       nishka Biswas, Neenu Varghese and C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Phys. Lett., 2009, 477, 160.
   4. “Nanostructured Peptide Fibrils Formed at the Organic-Aqueous Interface and Their
       Use as Templates to Prepare Inorganic Nanotubes.” Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R.
       Rao, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2009, 1, 811.
   5. “Nanocrystalline Janus films of inorganic materials prepared at the liquid-liquid inter-
       face.” Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 2009, 333, 404.
   6. “Investigations of the Growth Kinetics of Capped CdSe and CdS Nanocrystals by a
       Combined Use of Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Other Techniques.” Neenu Varg-
       hese, Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Asian J. 2008, 3, 1435.
   7. “Growth Kinetics of nanocrystals and nanorods by employing small-angle X-ray scat-
       tering (SAXS) and other techniques.” Kanishka Biswas, Neenu Varghese and C. N. R.
       Rao, J. Mater. Sci. Technol., 2008, 24, 615.
   8. “Growth Kinetics of Gold Nanocrystals: A Combined Small Angle X-ray Scattering
       and Calorimetric Study.” Kanishka Biswas, Neenu Varghese and C. N. R. Rao, Small,
       2008, 4, 649.
   9. “Growth Kinetics of ZnO Nanorods: Capping-dependent Mechanism and Other Inter-
       esting Features.” Kanishka Biswas, Barun Das and C. N. R. Rao, J. Phys. Chem. C,
       2008, 112, 2404.
   10. “Use of Ionic Liquids in the Synthesis of Nanocrystals and Nanorods of Semiconduct-
       ing Metal Chalcogenides.” Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, Chem. Eur. J., 2007,
       13, 6123.
   11. “Pressure-induced phase transitions in nanocrystalline ReO3.” Kanishka Biswas, D. V.
       S. Muthu, A. K. Sood, M. B. Kruger, B. Chen and C. N. R. Rao, J. Phys: Condense Ma-
       ter., 2007, 19, 436214.
   12. “Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectra of Aza-aromatics on Nanocrystals of Metallic
       ReO3.” Kanishka Biswas, S. V. Bhat and C.N.R.Rao, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2007, 111,
       5689.
   13. “Core–shell nanoparticles based on an oxide metal: ReO3@Au (Ag) and ReO3@SiO2
       (TiO2).” Sandeep Ghosh, Kanishka Biswas and C.N.R.Rao, J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17,
       2412.

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   14. “Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystals of the oxide metals, RuO2, IrO2 and
       ReO3.” Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, J. Nanosci. Nanotech., 2007, 7, 1969.
   15. “Synthesis and optical properties of In-doped GaN nanocrystals.” S. V. Bhat, Kanishka
       Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, Solidstate Commun., 2007, 141, 325.
   16. “Soft Chemical Approaches to Inorganic Nanostructures.” C. N. R. Rao, Ved Varun
       Agrawal, Kanishka Biswas, Ujjal K Gautam, Moumita Ghosh, A. Govindaraj , G. U.
       Kulkarni, K. P. Kalyanikutty, Kripasindhu Sardar and S. R. C Vivekchand, Pure and
       Applied Chemistry, 2006, 78, 1619.
   17. “Use of Fluorous Chemistry in the Solubilization and Phase Transfer of Nanocrystals,
       Nanorods, and Nanotubes.” Rakesh Voggu, Kanishka Biswas, A. Govindaraj and C. N.
       R. Rao, J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 20752.
   18. “Ferromagnetism in Mn-doped GaN nanocrystals prepared solvothermally at low tem-
       peratures.” Kanishka Biswas, Kripasindhu Sardar and C. N. R. Rao, App. Phys. Lett.
       2006, 89, 132503.
   19. “Metallic ReO3 Nanoparticles.” Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, J. Phys. Chem. B
       2006, 110, 842.
   20. “MnO and NiO nanoparticles: synthesis and magnetic properties.” Moumita Ghosh,
       Kanishka Biswas, A. Sundaresan and C. N. R. Rao, J. Mater. Chem. 2006, 16, 106.
Review, Highlight and Perspective
   21. “Graphene, the new nanocarbon” C. N. R. Rao, Kanishka Biswas, K. S. Subrahma-
       nyam and A. Govindaraj, J. Mater. Chem. (Highlight) 2009, 19, 2457.
   22. “Characterization of nanomaterials by physical methods.” C. N. R. Rao and Kanishka
       Biswas, Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 2009, 2, 435.
   23. “Synthesis of Inorganic Nanomaterials.” C. N. R. Rao, S. R. C Vivekchand, Kanishka
       Biswas and A. Govindaraj, Dalton Trans. (Perspective) 2007, 3728.
Book chapter
   24. “Metal Oxide Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties and Applications.” Kanishka Bis-
       was, Chandra Sekhar Rout and C. N. R. Rao in “Metal oxide nanostructures and their
       applications” Eds. Ahmad Umar and Yoon-Bong Hahn American Scientific Publisher
       (in print)
   25. “Use of Ionic Liquids, Liquid-Liquid Interfaces and Other Novel Methods for the Syn-
       thesis of Inorganic Nanocrystals.” Kanishka Biswas and C. N. R. Rao, in “Recent Ad-
       vances in Solution-based Chemical Synthesis of Semiconductor, Metal, and Oxide Na-
       nocrystals” Eds. P. Davide Cozzoli, Research Signpost, 2009.

LIST OF PRESENTATION (ORAL AND POSTER) IN CONFERENCES, SCHOOL
AND WORKSHOP
   1. Poster: “Nanostructured Peptide Fibrils Formed at the Organic-Aqueous Interface and
      Their Use as Templates to Prepare Inorganic Nanotubes.” Joint India-US Workshop
      on Scalable Nanomaterials for Enhanced Energy Trasport, Conversion and Effi-
      ciency, 19-20 Aug, 2008, Bangalore, India.
   2. Poster: “Investigations of the Growth Kinetics of Nanocrystals and Nanorods by Em-
      ploying SAXS and Other Techniques.” 1st HOPE Meeting 24-28 Feb, 2008, JSPS,
      Tsukuba, Japan.




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    3. Talk: “Growth Kinetics of ZnO Nanorods: Capping-dependent Mechanism and Other
       Interesting Features.” IUMRS-ICAM 2007, 10th International Conference on Ad-
       vanced Materials, 8-13 Oct, 2007, Bangalore, India.
    4. Poster: “Growth Kinetics of Gold Nanocrystals: A Combined Small Angle X-ray Scat-
       tering and Calorimetric Study.” ICMS-ICMR Winter School on Chemistry and
       Physics of Materials, 6-13 Dec, 2007, Bangalore, India.
    5. Poster: “Metallic ReO3 Nanocrystals: Synthesis, Properties and Surface-enhanced Ra-
       man Scattering of Aza-aromatics.” Advanced Workshop on Recent Developments in
       Nanomaterials, 15 - 19 Jan, 2007, Abdus Salam ICTP – Trieste, Italy.
    6. Poster: “Ferromagnetism in Mn-doped GaN nanocrystals prepared solvothermally at
       low temperatures.” ICMR-JNCASR Winter School on Chemistry and Physics of
       Materials, 12-19 Dec, 2006, Bangalore, India.
    7. Poster: “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystals of the Oxide Metals, RuO2,
       IrO2 and ReO3.” International Conference on Nano Science and Technology, 16-18
       March, 2006, New Delhi, India.
                                         …… and attended many other conferences

REFERENCES
 [1] Prof. C. N. R. Rao, FRS,
     National Research Professor,
     Honorary President &
     Linus Pauling Research Professor
     Jawaharal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,
     Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064, India
     Ph. + 91-80-23653075/22082761
     Email: cnrrao@jncasr.ac.in

  [2]   Prof. Mercouri G Kanatzidis
        Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor
        Department of Chemistry, 2145 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University
        Evanston, IL 60208-3113
        Phone: 847-467-1541 Assistant 847-491-3947 Fax: 847-491-5937
        Email: m-kanatzidis@northwestern.edu

  [3]   Prof. T. N. Guru Row
        Chairman,
        Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit,
        Indian Institute of Science,
        Bangalore 560012, India
        Ph. +91-80-2293 2796
        Email: ssctng@sscu.iisc.ernet.in

  [4]   Prof. Swapan K. Pati
        Theoretical Science Unit
        Jawaharal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,
        Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064, India
        Ph. + 91-80-22082839
        Email: pati@jncasr.ac.in


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